Sean Maher, Chairman of Sinn Feinn has taken up council in the vacant Offaly seat left by the election of Carol Nolan.
Mr Maher will formally be co-opted to his seat at the next Ofally County Council meeting, in favour of the other candidate Martin McKeown.
Mr Maher is a local man who has been the Birr Chairman for Sinn Feinn, the local football team’s coach and player, and also an organiser and attender of the anti-water charge protests.
Mr Maher is a husband and father, and is employed by local engineering firm Grant Engineering in Birr.
Mr Maher feels passionately about the local community and joined because of the way the country was going, and that local councilors can make local changes for local people